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Cook with Chicago’s best chefs

Brush up your summer cooking skills with local chefs. Upcoming classes at Chicagoland restaurants concentrate on picnic favorites, or go all in for a serious seminar on chocolate.

Michael Ponzio

Michael Ponzio

  • Chef Michael Ponzio at Rosebud on Taylor in Little Italy demonstrates classic Italian dishes including tomato and burrata salad, paccheri barese (lamb sausage, rapini, spicy garlic and oil), whitefish francese and watermelon granita at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16. The $55 price includes food samples and wine pairings.

  • Chef Henry Nuguid of I Dream of Falafel in the Loop serves up backyard barbecue tips at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Learn to make Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes such as grilled chicken kabobs, Mediterranean couscous and Jerusalem salad. The class is $15, including post-class lunch.

  • Chef Jean-Louis Clerc of Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn presents summer party fare including beer barbecued chicken, jalapeno corn muffins, cocktails, desserts and more at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Class participants will lunch afterward and receive a Waterleaf apron and printed recipes. The class and lunch are $85.

  • Chef Della Gossett, 2011 National Pastry Team champion, teaches an intensive three-day class on “Fundamentals of All Things Chocolate” from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 through 9 at the French Pastry School in the Loop. Chocolate marshmallows, molten chocolate cake, caramel-filled chocolate candies, chocolate eclairs, and chocolate souffle are all on the menu in the $575 class.